In a matchup of teams looking for their first win in Atlantic 10 play, George Mason and Rhode Island engaged in an affair that ended up going to overtime with the Rams winning 71-69. Early on the game has the look of anything but a thriller, with the visiting Patriots jumping out to a 12-point first half lead. However Rhode Island would cut that margin to four by the intermission, with guard Xavier Munford (28 points) leading the charge.
Ultimately two fouls would determine the outcome, with Rhode Island fouling Bryon Allen in the act of shooting with 2.2 seconds remaining while leading 69-66. Dan Hurley’s team attempted to give the foul in the backcourt but the call wasn’t made, and once the call was made Allen was into his heave from half-court.
But instead of a second extra session there was even more drama to be had.
After Allen made all three free throws Rhode Island’s Gilvydas Biruta was fouled on the catch of a long pass with seven tenths of a second remaining. Biruta, who finished the game with 17 points and ten rebounds, would make both free throws to provide the final margin. Sherrod Wright led three George Mason players in double figures with 12 points.